The coalition of APC Democrats has passed a vote of no confidence on the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, consequently demanding his resignation from office.
The group said Gbajabiamila has displayed gross abuse of office and complete disregard for the APC as a party.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday in Abuja through its national coordinator, Kabiru Adamu Matazu, it said the Lagos lawmaker’s unwholesome activities reached an all-time low in recent weeks.
From pretending to be a nationalist whilst at the same time cheering hoodlums during the EndSARS protests, the APC group noted Gbajabiamila has ridiculed the office of the president with his constant bashing and invitations.
Instead of synergizing with the executive to deliver on the campaign promises of the APC, the coalition accused the Speaker of constantly attacking the policies of the Federal Government.
The coalition, therefore, concludes that Gbajabiamila has lost the party’s support and it would be against all forms of morality for him to continue to occupy the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
It, however, demanded that the Surulere I legislature step down for a loyal member of the APC to assume the position in the interest of the party and the country.
The group further warned its members that it would no longer tolerate such scorn from a supposed high ranking member of the party.
“It is a statement of the fact that Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has indeed demonstrated an uncanny penchant for playing to the gallery on issues of national concern since he was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressive Congress,” the coalition said.
It added that “the disdain of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila for the APC led federal government has reached an alarming crescendo with his constant attacks on the policies of the government in an attempt to give a false impression to members of the unsuspecting general public with regard to democratic governance in the country.
“Speaker Gbajabiamila as a high ranking APC member ought to know that his accession as the Speaker of the House of Representative was a function of the collective effort of the APC to ensure that all arms of government work in synergy towards delivering on the campaign promises of the APC led the government to the good people of Nigeria.
“The Coalition of APC Democrats has in times past cautioned the speaker on his public grandstanding which portrays the APC led government in a bad light. But he has instead carried on with impunity not minding whose ox is gored.
“The serial bashing and invitations extended of the President is the greatest insult that Mr. President has received. The Speaker cannot claim to be a party man, yet subjecting the President to public ridicule, which is just one of the numerous instances where his disdain and lack of respect for the President has been brought to the fore.
“The Coalition of APC Democrats views such disposition as not only despicable but an insult to the sensibilities of APC democrats across the nook and cranny of Nigeria that toiled tirelessly towards his emergence as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“The case of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila is indeed that of ingratitude and disdain for the ideals of the APC as a party of democrats. He has also notoriously been rewarding those that financed his elections while ignoring the efforts of the party in bringing him on board to be eligible to seek election into the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“We also recall how he contributed to the EndSARS campaign that almost tore the country into pieces by pretending to be a nationalist whilst at the same time cheering the hoodlums to bring down the country.
“We are by this medium informing the members of the general public that the Coalition of APC Democrats has passed a vote of no confidence on the Speaker of the House of Representatives for gross abuse of office and complete disregard for the APC as a party.
“We, therefore, demand unequivocally that the Speaker resigns his position in the national interest and allow any loyal member of the party to assume the position of Speaker in the interest of the party and the country.”
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